Peanut Butter Zucchini Brownies

Do you ever get this overwhelming urge to throw on an apron, bring out the flour, cups, bowls and mixers and make something delicious?

Maybe you even get giddy at the idea of finding that “perfect” recipe to make for your family. You know, the one that will put a smile on your hubby’s face after a long day of work, or make your favorite little one jump up and down for joy.

But then you remember…you can’t cook. Or bake for that matter. And well, then the anxiety kicks in. In fact, if you're like me, you are a major mess in the kitchen.

I grew up thinking toast was supposed to be black. That it’s normal to start fires in the kitchen. And when your mom says put the chicken in the oven at 350…you put the chicken in the oven at exactly 3:50 pm. *what can I say, I’m blond!*

So after some seriously epic cooking failures lately…like brick brownies, soupy cookies and hairy breadyou can imagine my delight and surprise, when I created this marvelous little thing called “Peanut Butter & Zucchini Brownies.”


I know, it sounds gross. I mean, who in the world puts zucchini in a brownie. On purpose. But it works. I modified the original recipe, because I wanted to save money and make it healthier.

The original recipe calls for almond butter…which is really expensive. And it’s impossible to find almonds that are gluten free, unless you want to pay $30 or more a pound.  Since I don’t have a money tree in my backyard, that wasn't an option. Plus, organic peanut butter is actually healthier and sweeter than almond butter!

I knew they were a hit when I took them to the radio station and Terri 'The Recipe Lady' (check out her recipes, they are all yummy) went gaga over them! She's even featuring them on her radio show, how about that! Pretty nifty, right?


“Peanut Butter & Zucchini Brownies”
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup crunchy organic peanut butter (No sugar added, just pure peanut butter. Don’t use creamy, it will make them runny.)
  • 1.5 cups zucchini. Which equals one small zucchini thinly sliced and diced. Use a potato peeler to take off the skin, then set your mandolin slicer at its thinnest setting. Once shred, dice the zucchini “pillow” pile (below) into tiny pieces.

Here's the pretty little zucchini pillow that I diced up to tiny pieces!
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients and mix together with beaters
  • Pour into 8x8 baking pan (greased)
  • Bake for about 45 minutes

IMPORTANT: The brownies are a bit squishy when they first come out of the oven, so let them sit overnight to “cool” and dry out a bit before you eat them. They are amazing brownies; you can’t even tell they have zucchini in them! Plus, they're gluten free, which is perfect for our family! Makes an 8x8 pan of chocolate peanut butter goodness.

So what are you waiting for? Get baking my friend!


My Recipe Was Featured!

28 comments:

  1. Rachel Zuleson8:09 AM

    Hooray, I just bought zucchini. Guess what I'm making this week Nicki?

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    1. Hmmm...let me see...maybe some rockin' zucchini brownies loaded with chunky peanut butter? :)

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  2. Rachel Evans2:46 PM

    Thanks for sharing Nicki! I am going to make these for a bible study we have coming up. If they don't like the zucchini, I'm blaming you, lol!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rachel. I hope you like them! Blessings to you, Nicki

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  3. These sound really good ! I'm going to save this recipe because we will be harvesting zucchini from our garden soon.

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    1. Yum! Let me know how it goes and if you like the recipe. :) Thanks for stopping by to visit.

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  4. WOW! Who would've thought of it?! I'm so impressed by women who can just whip up ideas like this! I def have to try it out :)

    I host a weekly link party at http://www.mercyINKblog.com & would love for you to share your yummy recipe with the group there!

    blessings!
    lauren

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lauren. I owe the recipe inspiration all to Pinterest. Love that place! Blessings, Nicki

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  5. Love it! Another zucchini recipe to try! I have zucchinis running out of my ears right now thanks to the garden! I've been putting zucchini in everything! Thanks!

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    1. Zucchinis coming out of your ears, huh? Now that's a funny image! :) Thanks for stopping by, if you try, please let me know what you think! Nicki

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  6. Sounds delicious! Zucchini bread is one of my FAVORITE things!! so i bet these are amazing! I am going to pin this so I remember to try them!! :)

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    1. Yeah...zucchini is so NOT my favorite thing, so I was happy to find something "healthy" with my fave thing...chocolate! Thanks for stopping by Kristina, I will keep your brother in my prayers.

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  7. This looks like the perfect recipe to try over my blog break! Blessings,
    Ann

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    1. They really are yummy! Enjoy your break, I took one of those too. Sometimes you just need to renew your mind! Blessings to you Ann, Nicki

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  8. These brownies sound divine and look perfectly moist. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Laura. And for providing so many yummy allergy free recipes!

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  9. Can you use chunky almond butter?

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    1. I think you can Mary. The original recipe called for Almond butter, but I know three people who did it and thought it was runny. That's why I chose chunky pbutter...if you do it, let me know how it tastes! :)

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  10. Sounds fab - so easy too! May have to whip some up soon :)

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    1. If you do Cara, let me know how you like them! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. zucchini in a brownie doesn't sound gross to me! i have a non-gluten free recipe for zucchini brownies that everyone i've ever given one to loves:) they are super soft and chocolatey. since going no sugar, no wheat, i've been looking for a grain free alternative recipe. thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hooray! Glad I could help. Thanks for stopping by Apryl. :)

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  12. Linking to you from Mama Moments Monday, and glad I did. Thank you for the giggle over the brick brownies, soupy cookies, and hairy bread. Very clever to sneak some nutrition in the brownies! betty jo

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    1. They are soooooo yummy AND it's zucchini season! Woohoo :) hope you enjoy!

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  13. This recipe sounds wholesome and yummy, will be trying for sure Roechelle @ http://www.hugatreewithme.com

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    1. Let me know what you think, really! ;) Enjoy!

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  14. yay another recipe to use my abundance of zucchini. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  15. I love to bake with zucchini and this looks like a perfect recipe to try!
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday.

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